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cannot download mozilla thunderbird

April 1, 2015 at 12:15:16
Specs: Windows 8.1
when downloading a box appears telling me it is a binary file and asks me to Save or Cancel. It will not let me download.

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April 1, 2015 at 14:13:52
A binary file is another name for a program file.

Maybe you are getting downloading and installing a bit muddled. If it's offering to Save it then that will give you a download. You run (install) the program by going to the saved file and double clicking it.

What I think you might mean is that it won't let you install (open) it online. My view is that is always the more risky option and using a saved file is best. That way if something goes awry then you know whether it was the downloading or the install that went wrong. It is also better than trying to install something with the browser open and running in the background.

If you are using Firefox to download it then that is how Firefox works - something I agree with. It also gives you a chance to virus check the download (file), especially if it is a program. If you just whack program files in (install) while you are online, there is more risk you might cop something nasty.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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April 1, 2015 at 14:19:21
I just downloaded the new version from here.

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April 1, 2015 at 20:02:11
This is where I would download it:
Direct from the source.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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April 1, 2015 at 20:17:52

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April 1, 2015 at 20:18:29
Advantages of using 3rd party download sites.

1: No need to scroll through the site to find the FREE version, or if available, the English page.

2: Often they are the 1st to have the download, to take the load off the author's site. Most have a link to the author's site.

3: Often you get screenhots & reviews/ratings from users. Also OS: & System requirements are detailed.

4: You get information about the program Limitations:
· License Generation For Other Users is Disabled
· Printing is disabled.
· Documents Modification is disallowed.
· For personal usage CDCheck is FREE
· Unregistered program continues to function after 30 days but a nag screen is displayed at startup.
Limitations: · Watermark

5: Avoid registration/email address, which lots of author sites require.

6: Avoid Adware options.
Example > ImgBurn
First and foremost, extra attention needs to be paid during installation as ImgBurn offers to create desktop shortcuts to third-party apps, as well as install a browser toolbar onto the host computer, which are not required to ensure the smooth running of the app.
SS of above.

7: Not only can you get the download, but also a lot of extra usefull info.
Example, look at the L/H column of this site.
Another example.

8: If you know the name of the program or what type of program ( a hint will do ) they have search available, sometimes with a choice of language.
Examples > ISO & Portable using the English choice.

9: The really good sites have already run spyware/adware tests & advise accordingly.

10: Some sites have old versions of a program available.
Example > CCleaner ( in the R/H column )

11: Many sites have continuous updates of freeware.

Whilst getting the Shellcity links, spotted this & although the link was dead, I googled & got new links, may interest somebody.
Accessing the Internet by E-mail FAQ
Summary: This guide will show you how to explore the World Wide Web, retrieve files from FTP sites, and even access Usenet newsgroups using E-MAIL AS YOUR ONLY TOOL.

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